KENTUCKY (06/25/2018 - 07/01/2018) Hooked on Science - Sugar Snake


 Baking Soda
 Sugar
 Sand
 Isopropyl Alcohol
 Grill Lighter


STEP 1: Mix 4 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Describe and classify the mixture by its observable properties.
STEP 2: Using the sand, create a mound and then a depression in the center of the sand mound. STEP 3: Pour some of the isopropyl alcohol into the depression.
STEP 4: Pour the sugar and baking soda mixture into the depression.
STEP 5: Using the grill lighter, ignite the sugar and baking soda mixture and observe. Did igniting the sugar and baking soda mixture result in a new substance?


When the baking soda is heated to a specific temperature, carbon dioxide gas is created. The pressure created from the release of the carbon dioxide gas, causes the sugar snake to grow. The snake gets its black appearance due to the heat caramelizing the sugar.


PLEASE follow these safety precautions when doing any science experiment.

 ALWAYS have an adult present.
ALWAYS wear the correct safety gear while doing any experiment.
NEVER eat or drink anything while doing any experiment.
REMEMBER experiments may require marbles, small balls, balloons, and other small parts. Those objects could become a CHOKING HAZARD. Adults are to perform those experiments using these objects. Any child can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Keep uninflated or broken balloons away from children.


Jason Lindsey

STEM Certified Educator, Science Multimedia Journalist, and Meteorologist

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